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Never to Young to Change the World


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Inspiring stories about how children can change the world, one day at a time

As the title, Never Too Young To Change The World, indicates, this book is about children who find ways to make good in a world that is sometimes unfair and cruel. Told in 22 chapters, each following the author to an experience that was meaningful, this book is inspirational and a breath of fresh air, especially following a year where there is more bad than good.

These stories are written in the first person, as it is the author's experience with the children that shape the stories. There is a Christian slant to these as well, as that is the author's background.

The story starts in the West Indies and talks about the author's journey where he had a five-week mission in Jamaica, West Indies. The first child he highlights had a rough upbringing, but he talks about how he overcame this to find success. The story is highlighted with pictures throughout, which helps to bring the story to the reader. Throughout the book, each chapter features pictures of the people that were mentioned, which is very cool, but also adds to the journal or scrapbook feel.

One criticism is in some of the stories, names are inconsistently spelled (Jamison vs. Jameson in Ch. 3 for example). The writing also comes across as more of a diary or journal entry, rather than highlighting the story and accomplishments of the children. This is in there, but it takes some digging to get to, rather than being the forefront. The author's journey seems to be documented rather than having this be a book about the differences children can make. The stories are often of those children who work hard to succeed (Matt, the track and field athlete, for example).

Overall, this is an interesting book, but it seems like an ode to the people that the author has crossed with on his teaching and missions. He thanks so many people that it is wonderful he's had great influences, but it's hard to truly see the greater good from each individual when the author is so present in each story.

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Newton and the children of Alpha School and Orphanage Jamaica, West Indies.

About the author

Br. Dan O’Riordan, FMS, a Marist Brother, shares his inspiring stories of young people who have made significant impacts on the lives of many in our world in this, his second book. view profile

Published on November 22, 2020

40000 words

Genre: Religion & Spirituality

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